Profile: Planar Systems Inc (PLNR.OQ)
7 Mar 2014
Planar Systems, Inc. (Planar), incorporated on November 21, 1988, is engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing electronic display products and systems. These display products and systems are primarily tiled liquid crystal display (LCD) systems, signage monitors, touch monitors, desktop monitors, rear-projection cubes, custom commercial and industrial displays, and home theater projection systems. The Company has a global reach with sales offices in North America, Europe, and Asia and manufacturing facilities in the United States and France. In November 2012, the Company sold its electroluminescent (EL) display business to Beneq Oy.
Digital Signage solutions are being installed in many environments including retail locations, airports, and sports arenas, as well as emerging applications and in applications historically served by Commercial and Industrial products, including rear-projection cubes. Planar provides solutions for a number of display applications for the digital signage market utilizing a variety of technologies and products.
Tiled LCD Systems (Matrix and Mosaic) is Planar’s narrow bezel LCD display systems allow customers to create flat, video walls for a number of applications including ambience, advertising, architectural and brand promotion, and are being deployed in a range of markets including retail, hospitality, commercial, sports venues and airports, as well as in markets traditionally served by rear-projection cubes, such as control rooms. Signage Monitors provides a line-up of commercial-grade LCD displays, including the recently launched zero bezel UltraLux and Ultra HD UltraRes product offerings, suitable for a wide range of digital signage uses. Included in this category are outdoor signage displays, transparent displays, and customized LCD signage solutions for customers with requirements which go beyond those available from off the shelf products.
Commercial and Industrial
The Commercial and Industrial display markets that the Company addresses are varied and numerous. Some of these markets are relatively mature, and others offer opportunities to grow based on new technology enhancements and other factors. The Company serves these markets with a wide range of solutions including standard as well as differentiated custom display products and systems. It includes rear-projection cube displays, touch monitor displays, desktop monitor displays, custom commercial and industrial displays, high-end home displays and electroluminescent (EL) displays.
The Company competes with NEC, Acer, Viewsonic, Dell, Global Display Solutions, Sharp, Samsung, Barco, Mitsubishi Electric, Eyevis, Christie Digital Systems, Inc., SIM2, Dreamvision, and Digital Projection International.
Planar Systems Inc
1195 NW Compton Drive
BEAVERTON OR 97006-1992